SuWu: Montreal's Chief Hip Hop Eatery

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    SuWu: Montreal's First Hip Hop Eatery

    SuWu is Montreal's first hip hop eatery, a foodie foray signed Saint Woods.
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    April 6, 2013 | Evelyn Reid - If opening night was any indication of SuWu's future, Montreal's first “hip hop eatery” is destined to drag on its packed house debut in Cafeteria's old locale, one I saw lined with media types, fashionistas and scenesters.

    That's right. SuWu is a “hip hop eatery” in the words of dapper SuWu co-owner/event producer Zach Macklovitch, a Montreal native who wanted a nightlife destination as hot as the best of them, but with a down-to-earth, douche-free* vibe. “It's nice to have a venue or place where it's just chill, where you can come have a drink and no one is going to ask you for a guestlist or table reservations. Just come and hang out,” he says, “the concept behind it was a neighborhood bar. There's no real format to a neighborhood bar. It's like a Cheers. You wanna come in and eat? Eat. You wanna drink? Drink. Everyone will say hi and be nice to you and that's it.”

    SuWu, SaintWoods ... One in the Same, Sort Of

    Since...MORE 2006, SaintWoods has been producing hundreds of events in Montreal and the greater Toronto area, working with, among others, the likes of Kid Cudi, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki and DeadMau5. And as of April 4, 2013, SaintWoods founder Nathan Gannage and partner Macklovitch took their event lifestyle brand a step further, setting foodie roots in Montreal's city center via The Main, enlisting the help of Toqué alumni to helm their kitchen, the heart and soul of SuWu.

    SuWu: The Soul Food

    What I liked most about my evening at SuWu was the soul food. Okay, it's not soul food per se. Call it soul food lite. Think grilled cheese mac'n'cheese, tempura white fish tacos, fried chicken, and more. Full menu and price list.

    SuWu: The Soul Brunch

    Weekend brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dishes might include fried chicken French toast with buttermilk and blueberries, angel cake pancakes with creme fraiche and fresh strawberries, breakfast nachos with scrambled eggs, salsa, beans and sour cream, and the SuWu BLT which is composed of peameal bacon, romaine lettuce, tomato, mayo, and parmesan. The menu changes often.

    SuWu: Name Your Budget

    Another feature I appreciate at SuWu is how management seems cognizant that not all friends are made financially equal. And it reflects in their price points, from SuWu's house beer at $4 a glass—when I asked what SuWu beer was, Macklovitch chuckles, “we worked with Labatt to come up with our own beer, it's like the lightest beer I could get Labatt to make”—to a glass of Beaujolais for a reasonable $8.50 and an Austrian Grüner Veltliner at $9. On the higher end are 8-ounce flasks of Ketel One for $55 and a Dom Pérignon Brut closing in on $400. The cocktail list is solid, if on the high side. I tried out one of their cocktails, a Cachaça, Cointreau and apricot brandy based “Big Booty Ho,” which is like a cross between an orange julep and a banana popsicle. On the small side and a little weak booze-wise for $11, but lovely. Prices are subject to change without notice.

    SuWu: Dress Code

    Wear a hoodie or a three-piece suit. Sneakers or 6-inch stilettos. It's all good.

    SuWu: Crowd

    Expect a crowd on the younger side, say 18 to 40.

    SuWu: To Make Reservations

    Suwu operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. Birthday group reservations may be possible. Call (514) 443-1455 for more information.

    SuWu: Business Hours

    Open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and then 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Open Saturday and Sunday from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Food is served every night until 2 a.m.

    SuWu Address

    3581 St. Laurent, corner of Prince Arthur, Montreal, QC H2X 2T6
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    Getting There
    Sherbrooke Metro or St. Laurent Metro

    Full disclosure: all food and drink items, except for a sample of SuWu's mac'n'cheese grilled cheese offered on the house, were paid out of pocket by Evelyn Reid's evening companion. Note that menu items and prices as well as opening hours may change without notice.

    *Down-to-earth? Macklovitch's words. Douche-free? My words.

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    Suwu's Fried Chicken Biscuit

    SuWu's fried chicken biscuit with kimchi and gribiche sauce is delicious.
    ••• Above: SuWu's fried chicken biscuit with kimchi and gribiche sauce. It's sooo good, if small for its $13 price tag. It also must not be put down in mid-suppage as it will fall apart when you try to pick it back up. You have been warned. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Evelyn Reid Downing Suwu's Fried Chicken Biscuit

    SuWu's fried chicken biscuit with kimchi and gribiche sauce is delicious.
    ••• Do NOT put down Suwu's Fried Chicken Biscuit with kimchi and gribiche sauce once you have bitten into it. You have been warned. Photo © Clint Lewis
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    SuWu Co-Owners Zach Macklovitch and Nathan Gannage

    Saint Woods partner Zach Macklovitch and SaintWoods founder Nathan Gannage open SuWu.
    ••• Above: SaintWoods partner Zach Macklovitch (left) and SaintWoods founder Nathan Gannage (right) opened SuWu, Montreal's first hip hop eatery, on April 4, 2013. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    SuWu's Big Booty Ho

    Suwu's house cocktail Big Booty Ho.
    ••• Above: the Big Booty Ho, one of Suwu's house cocktails. It tastes like a cross between an Orange Julep and a banana popsicle. It's made with Cachaça, Cointreau, apricot brandy, banana, orange and pineapple. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Inside SuWu

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    Inside SuWu

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    SuWu Menu

    SuWu's menu includes fried chicken biscuit, mac n cheese stuffed grilled cheese and tacos.
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    SuWu's Mac 'n Cheese Grilled Cheese

    SuWu's Mac 'n Cheese Grilled Cheese.
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    SuWu's Veal Meatball Tacos

    SuWu's Veal Meatball Tacos
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    Suwu Room View

    SuWu is Montreal's first hip hop eatery, a foodie foray part pub, part nightlife destination.
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